Michael Becker,Trombone

Founder and Creator of  the Becker Low Brass Boot Camp







Michael Becker was named Principal Trombone of the Tucson Symphony in 2000. He has performed in orchestras across the U.S. and world including the Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, Detroit Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the World Orchestra with Sir Georg Solti in Geneva, Switzerland and Baden Baden, Germany, the Honolulu Symphony, the Savannah Symphony, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Charlotte Symphony, the Alabama Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.In the summer, he has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival and Arizona Opera’s Wagner Ring Cycle. He is currently the Bass Trombonist of the Colorado Music Festival and Britt Festival in Oregon. He received his Bachelor of Music in Trombone from Indiana University and his Masters Degree from Arizona State University.

As a dedicated teacher, Becker has performed and presented clinics at major universities throughout the world. He has also served as adjunct in Trombone at the University of Hawaii, Manoa and as professor of Trombone at the University of Georgia.

In 2005, Mr. Becker created and launched the first of his annual Becker Low Brass Boot Camp in Tucson, AZ. This week long intensive workshop is geared for students and young performers pursuing a career in Symphony Orchestras.



Michael Grose, Tuba

Michael Grose joined the UO music faculty in 2001 as associate professor of tuba. Prior to coming to Oregon, Grose was principal tubist of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra since 1986 and the Hilton Head Orchestra since 1990. He is currently the principal tubist of the Eugene Symphony.


Grose received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University, where he was a student of Arnold Jacobs. After graduation, he continued his private study with Jacobs until 1998. He teaches courses on the pedagogy of Arnold Jacobs at University of Oregon.


Before assuming his position in Savannah, Grose was a tubist with Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Illinois Philharmonic. He has performed with the Chicago, Oregon, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Honolulu, Charleston, and Jacksonville symphonies, and the Boise Philharmonic. An accomplished chamber musician, Grose received the Sweepstakes Award at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, making him the first tubist to receive that prize. Grose was also a prize-winner at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California. Both awards came while he was a member of the Chicago-based Asbury Brass Quintet. A founding member of the Millar Brass Ensemble, Grose has recorded for the London/Decca and Crystal Records labels.


Professor Grose is a member of the Oregon Brass Quintet, the faculty brass ensemble at the University of Oregon. He has developed a special website (www.TubaPeople.com) to highlight UO tuba-euphonium activities, and to offer educational/pedagogical materials about the tuba and euphonium to interested students, educators, and enthusiasts.


Mr. Grose was formerly an adjunct faculty member at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Georgia Southern University, and a faculty-artist at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.


Mark Fry, Bass Trombone

Mark Fry is currently the bass trombonist of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Third Coast Brass, as well as several other orchestras in the Chicago area. He has performed with numerous orchestras in the United States, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Britt Festival Orchestra (Oregon), Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Spoleto Festival – Italy. Mr. Fry has performed with the Chicago Symphony in Carnegie Hall during the fall of 2001 and the Houston Symphony during their 2010 UK Tour. Before moving to Chicago, he was the bass trombonist of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in Honolulu. He has long been involved with contemporary music, performing with such groups as Fulcrum Point New Music Project and on the Chicago Symphony’s Music Now series. Mr. Fry has recorded with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, New Black Music Repertory Ensemble and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, as well as for radio and television commercials.